Meet The Two Plus Size Models in Sports Illustrated’s Swim Search Final 16

Sports Illustrated continues to include more plus size curves within the pages of its iconic Swim Issue.

Their latest search for the next group of swim beauties to be featured in the next issue has now been narrowed down to their Final 16 and we are excited to learn that two of those 16 women are plus size models that we know and love.

Veronica Pome’e and Jazzmine Carthon celebrated their Final 16 achievement, along with the other finalists, with a trip to Miami recently, where they both walked the runway during the Paraiso Fashion Fair.


We have loved seeing the rise of the careers of both models. Pome’e hit the ground running when she won the Ashley Stewart model search over two years ago and also graced the cover of our 10th anniversary issue in July 2016. 

Pome’e is not only a model but a body positive advocate who founded the movement called Change in Love USA at age 21. She believes that modeling has created a platform to raise awareness for the things that matter most to her including creating a safe place for freedom of expression and self love to the younger generation.

She has since worked with major brands such as NY & Company and this is just the beginning for her. This Tongan beauty is now Sports Illustrated’s first Polynesian model to be featured.You might have seen Carthon on Project Runway’s season 16 as she was one of the plus size models to be included in that season’s mission to use models of different sizes. She has worked with brands such as Macy’s, Ashley Stewart and Good American while using her platform to promote body positivity and self-esteem.

She also works with Pome’e through the social awareness group MCTA they created, which stands for Model Call to Action, helping hurricane survivors with charity efforts.

Both models are also besties, both signed to IPM Models and both live in New York City. We’re so excited for them being chosen as part of the Sports Illustrated’s Final 16 and have our fingers crossed that they both make it to that cover. We can’t think of anything more amazing than these two besties sharing the SI cover and showing that models come in all shapes and sizes.

Click here to follow Veronica Pome’e on Instagram and here to follow Jazzmine Carthon.